I have a large and small Lee Valley front vise that have been strategically positioned in my shop to keep the dust bunnies from collecting in that area. Dad wanted to try a different vise so I dug them out and took a drive. He decided on the large one so I went to work making a rear jaw from some nice beech he had on hand. Dad got some action shots showing the ever popular Le Valley medium shoulder plane doing some of the things it does best.
He has a piece fo beech for the front jaw as well but first, I sent him outside to clean the shipping goo off of the vise. Its only been setting around brand new in the box for the last decade or so. I bought it from a garage sale down the street and I have no idea how long they had it before me(?).
One of the mounting options is for a slab top without an apron. Dad has this format but, his "slab" is ply so, we thought a little face material would be best. A larbge rabbet on the rear jaw takes care of this. Here it is clamped in position for a look-see.
Just to show that I always follow the directions, here I am cutting notches in the template as instructed